Bachelor of Medical Science

General

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Program Description

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Enables students to learn about the basis for human disease, its detection and the range of scientific endeavours to treat disease and improve health.

As the complexity of healthcare increases, there will be a greater need for medical science graduates to support the continuum of health service delivery from community-based projects to highly specialised laboratories.

Course Entry

Academic Admission requirements (Band 3)

All applicants must meet the academic admission requirements for this course. The indicative or guaranteed ATAR is as published (where applicable) or academic admission requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

  • AQF Cert IV;
  • Successfully completed 0.25 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent);
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
  • University Preparation Course;*
  • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
  • Aboriginal Student Intake Test; or*
  • Experience Based Entry Scheme.*

* Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

For international students, requirements include your secondary school results.

English Language requirements (Band 3)

English competency requirements may be satisfied through the completion of one of the following:

  • Year 12 English ATAR/English Literature ATAR grade C or better or equivalent;
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
  • IELTS Academic Overall band minimum score of 6.0 (no individual band less than 6.0);
  • Successfully completed 1.0 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher in the UK, Ireland, USA, NZ or Canada;
  • University Preparation Course;
  • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
  • Aboriginal Student Intake Test;*
  • AQF Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree;
  • Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent); or
  • Other tests, courses or programmes defined on the English Proficiency Bands page.

* Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

Course Details

Semester availability

  • Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup
  • Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup

Course Structure

Year 1 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCH1101 Cultural Studies 15
MHS1101 Anatomy and Physiology 1 15
SCH1133 Human Genetics 15
SCC1123 Chemistry for the Life Sciences 15

Note: Students who have passed Chemistry ATAR or equivalent, may substitute SCC1123 Chemistry for the Life Sciences with an elective unit.

Year 1 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCH1104 Introduction to Pathophysiology 15
MHS1102 Anatomy and Physiology 2 15
SCH1132 Human Evolution and Ecology 15
SCC1226 Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry 15

Year 2 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCH2226 Human Molecular Genetics 15
SCH2232 Medical Biochemistry 15
SCH2235 Applied Microbiology 15
MMS2200 Introduction to Histology and Histotechniques 15

Year 2 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCH2141 Advanced Biomedical Techniques 15
MMS2102 Medical Microbiology 15
MMS2101 Introduction to Haematology 15
SCP1134 Foundations of Physics 15

Note: Students who have passed Physics ATAR or equivalent, may substitute SCP1134 Foundations of Physics with an elective unit.

Year 3 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCH3227 The Biology of Human Disease 15
SCH3223 Medical Genetics 15
MMS3101 Evolutionary Perspectives on Health and Disease 15
SCH3145 Biomedical Ethics 15

Year 3 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCH3244 Developmental Biology 15
SCH3434 Human Reproduction, Development and Ageing 15
Select two (2) units from:
SCH3239 ^ Human Immunology 15
MMS2103 ^ Clinical Biochemistry 15
MMS3115 ^ Histopathology and Applied Histotechniques 15
MMS3112 ^ Safety and Quality in Healthcare 15

^ Core Option

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Apply broad and coherent medical science knowledge to a range of theoretical, practical and diagnostic contexts.
  • Communicate medical science knowledge and ideas clearly, coherently and with independence.
  • Critically analyse, interpret and synthesise complex medical and health science information.
  • Demonstrate ethical judgement and global perspectives with respect for cultural diversity, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competence.
  • Demonstrate initiative and independent judgement to anticipate medical science challenges and generate sustainable solutions.
  • Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for a personal and professional scholarship.
  • Use digital and laboratory technologies to access, evaluate and synthesise medical science information from diverse sources.
  • Work collaboratively and demonstrate professionalism in the application of knowledge and skills.

Career Opportunities

This course is an entry pathway to many highly sought-after careers such as medicine and other health professions, through to postgraduate study. The course will also provide a pathway for graduates to enter careers in medical research and development, the health industry, and education.

Possible future job titles

Biomedical Technician, Science Teacher, Medical Representative, Research Officer, Laboratory Manager, Laboratory Scientist, Laboratory Researcher.

Last updated May 2020

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